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Comment Re:Making the calculation (Score 1) 195

A pre-owned Wii from GameStop will cost you $50, and NES games from the virtual console are roughly $5 each, so you'd be looking at spending about $200 for the same set of games. If you care at all about video quality, also keep in mind that the Wii only has analog video output, and your typical fancy HD TV looks awful when upscaling analog video.

So it compares pretty favorably, I'd say.

Comment victim blaming hogwash disproven by studies (Score 1) 138

"Most bike accidents happen to inexperienced riders and/or idiots."

There is absolutely no evidence to support this incredibly victim-blaming comment. There is plenty of evidence to refute it, if you simply google the phrase "cyclist driver fault study"

Examples: http://www.executivestyle.com....

http://www.nytimes.com/2000/05...

http://www.theguardian.com/lif...

You're a classic victim-blamer. See, it's those other, stupid, slower, more inexperienced cyclists who get hit. Not you. You're experienced. Dressed like a dayglo traffic cone clown. Covered in lights.

Comment Contact Taiwan's MITI and use their PenPoint? (Score 1) 97

It would be really nice if someone would do something meaningful w/ all the code for PenPoint --- it was one of my favourite operating systems, and amazingly capable for its time, and interface-wise, is still nicer than pretty much anything other than the Newton OS, or NeXTstep (or maybe HP's NewWave).

For those who don't remember it: http://www.digibarn.com/collec...

Comment Obligatory nitpick (Score 5, Insightful) 110

The company also couldn't say whether customers will see the problem fix itself with another software update or if they will need to head into dealers to get it fixed. Some users on Twitter have reported success with disconnecting their battery for a few moments to force a reset of the system.

If a reset of the system can fix the problem, it's not bricked. If a software update can fix it, it's also not bricked.

"Bricked" means it is completely unrepairable and useless as anything other than a brick.

Comment Re:Something that works. (Score 1) 637

And keep a copy in your wallet in the middle of a much longer (e.g. 100 character) sequence.
Your brain's pattern recognition machinery will immediately recognize the correct sequence, but nobody else will.

That seems kind of pointless. If I found that piece of paper and wanted to try to use it to break your password, it would take me about five minutes to write a script that would try every possible substring of characters in that.

Comment Re:Like an opinion article (Score 1) 381

"Starvation mode" has been shown to be a myth. It comes down to basic math, calories in vs. calories out.

If you eat less and work out more, you lose weight. You do the opposite, you gain.

There's no way for the body to "magically" get fat when eating less. That violates the laws of thermodynamics. Sure, the rate of how quickly you gain or lose weight may change (e.g., when you eat less or change your macros to consume less sugar, you may find yourself being more lethargic in the short term until you get used to it, and so you will burn fewer calories). Or, as you lose weight, you need fewer calories (because there isn't as much of you to support).

But a calorie is a calorie and reducing ~3500 calories results in about 1lb of weight loss. Is it exactly 3500? No. Why? Because there are so many other variables at play. But is it closer to 3500 than, say, 500 or 10,000? You bet.

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Who's Downloading Pirated Scientifc Papers? Everyone (sciencemag.org) 145

sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: In increasing numbers, researchers around the world are turning to Sci-Hub, the controversial website that hosts 50 million pirated papers and counting. Now, with server log data from Alexandra Elbakyan, the neuroscientist who created Sci-Hub in 2011 as a 22-year-old graduate student in Kazakhstan, Science addresses some basic questions: Who are Sci-Hub's users, where are they, and what are they reading? The Sci-Hub data provide the first detailed view of what is becoming the world's de facto open-access research library. Among the revelations that may surprise both fans and foes alike: Sci-Hub users are not limited to the developing world. Some critics of Sci-Hub have complained that many users can access the same papers through their libraries but turn to Sci-Hub instead -- for convenience rather than necessity. The data provide some support for that claim. Over the 6 months leading up to March, Sci-Hub served up 28 million documents, with Iran, China, India, Russia, and the United States the leading requestors.

Comment Re:50% from tax dodges TANSTAAFL (Score 1) 147

Two things I came across recently on this topic: 1) Walmart has recently been taking right around the full corporate tax rate (31% is what they paid in the last year on record, iirc); 2) the guys and some expert types at Freakonomics or PlanetMoney or SomeOtherMoneyNerdBlog recommended reducing the corporate income tax rate to something like 20-25% AND closing loopholes. The consensus was that this would get corporations paying their taxes here, because it would be close enough to what they're saving by cheating, factoring in costs for legal liability and the PR hit. BUT they all agreed this would never happen because one side would fight the loopholes and the other side would fight the tax decrease and, well, it's not always election year but IS always fundraising time.

Comment Re:result of abuse (Score 1) 1080

So what you're complaining about is government intervention, not capitalism. Which makes you a conservative, or maybe a libertarian.

Unfortunately, those labels are functionally useless. The party that is supported by a majority of "conservatives" is not actually anti-government intervention at all; they are, in general, huge fans of the military industrial complex and are wholly in favor of legislating morality (see all of the recent hubbub about bathroom laws that should've never been an issue in the first place). The capital-L "Libertarian" party is fundamentally against government on principle and opposes any sort of government regulation of private industry; that seems nice until you realize that if it was up to them, we'd all still be using leaded gasoline, there'd be just a single massive monopoly that rules telecommunications, and you could be fired for joining a union.

I can't speak for the original poster, but I suspect he's not against all government intervention, just the government spending his tax money on things he doesn't like. I'll bet he's all in favor of the government subsidizing higher education, breaking up monopolies, protecting individuals from corporate abuse, and improving road infrastructure.

Comment Re: Ghee... (Score 1) 190

You can still contribute partially to a Roth IRA if you make up to $131k, or $183/$193 if you're married filing jointly. There's also no limit to contributions on a Traditional IRA, even though the rates aren't nearly as good (but still better than you'll get from a savings account).

And quite frankly, if you're already maxing out your 401(k) contributions and you make enough that you can't contribute to a Roth IRA, congratulations, you're a member of the upper middle class and you're going to be just fine (unless you make a series of terrible decisions and squander your money). You don't need simple financial advice.

Comment Re:Ghee... (Score 2) 190

And for those of us saving up to buy most of a house outright or to start a business and not storing the money for retirement?

Well, what you have to ask yourself is: Do you want your money to be easily accessible or do you want to (safely) make money off of it? There's nothing wrong with putting your money in a savings account as long as you realize that it's just a holding area and you're not going to make a significant amount off of it.

Realize the saving up to buy a house outright is something that basically nobody does, and the finance industry isn't going to help you out with that; they want you to put 20% down and take out a loan for the rest. Same with starting a business. You can withdraw up to 10k out of a Roth IRA without penalty for a first-time home purchase, so there's that.

But if you want to try to make money and your cash easily available, the stock market is probably your best option. Invest in some low-risk stocks and cross your fingers.

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